On Saturday 24 November, a group of eleven sixth form students and one Year 11 student attended the UK Space Design Competition, held at Scarborough College. The team worked as part of a bigger 'company' to put together a proposal for the design and construction of a settlement on Jupiter's moon, Europa. The team worked constantly for 10 hours putting together their proposals which where then presented to the judges and other competitors.
The settlement was to be used as a research site to house a large number of people for long term residency. The team therefore had to consider not only the engineering and practical aspects of the build but also the human aspect of life in low gravity, mental health and creating a society with rules.
The company, comprising of students from South Hunsley and Scarborough UTC, were sucessful with their $50bn design proposal being judged as the preferred option by 'The Foundation'. As winners of the competition, the team progresses to the national finals to be held at University College London, where they will have two days to produce a design proposal once again. A selection of students from this round will be selected to be part of the UK team at the world competition which is a week long at NASA headquaters in America.